“Bring Others to Christ: An Act of Thanksgiving”
by Dee Dowdy
“I, the LORD, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will guard and support you, for I have given you to my people as the personal confirmation of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide all nations to me.”- Isaiah 42:6
Typically, we pastors write an article for our November Newsletters around the theme of thanksgiving. We usually remind us all that we need to reflect upon all that God has done for us this year. We encourage everyone to offer up sincere prayers of thanksgiving to God before we cut into the “Thanksgiving Bird”.
But this year, I want us to consider what else we might do to show our thanks to God for the greatest gift he has bestowed upon us: the gift of freedom through Jesus Christ! Yes, it was Christ who freed us from the darkness of sin and death and bought us into the light of life and holiness.
As we read what the prophet wrote in Isaiah 42:6, it is apparent that he is speaking of the mission of the coming Christ. For it would be none other than Jesus of Nazareth who would come and show us the way into the new life God has for us. However, I also believe that this passage can also apply to all of us who have been brought into the light of Christ because we to are to “be a light to guide all the nations to me”.
So, if we really want to give thanks for our emancipation from the darkness, I suggest the best way we can show God our appreciation is to fulfill our call to be “the light of the world” ( Matthew 5:14), part of the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), evangelists for Jesus (Matthew 28:19).
Therefore, we are beginning the new “Evangelism Candle Ministry” that I mentioned on Sunday (October 13th). We have twelve small votive candles on the altar tables of each ser- vice. The goal is to have all twelve of the candles lit next year which will signify twelve new individuals who have come to the life changing grace of Jesus Christ by professing him as their Lord and Savior through the ministries, prayers and actions of the people of this church. Everyone in this church is asked to pray for someone that you know who does not know Christ. When you prayer is answered, you will get to light a candle. If because of a conversa- tion you might have had with someone that they say yes to Jesus, you will light a candle.
The point of this new idea is to get our church focused on the important ministry of bringing new people to accept Jesus. I truly believe that if we will focus on that work, God will know we are truly thankful for own salvation.
P.S. I thank God that I get to be your pastor—love you all!
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